And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
"Living on mission" is a phrase we use many times, but what does this mean? What does it mean to live on mission? Simply put: it is to live the life that Jesus has called us to in Matthew 28:8-20. This passion is known as the Great Commission. In the Gospel of Matthew, this is the grand finale, the last words of Jesus before ascending from Earth…in other words, this is the culmination of all that Jesus had done and taught. He reminds them that all authority everywhere lies in him, and then from that, he tells them to “live on mission.” He is sending them out into their lives to make disciples of all nations. A disciple is a follower - one whose life looks like his or her teacher. Jesus is calling His disciples to make more disciples where ever they go. This is ultimately what living on mission is all about: making followers of Jesus whose lives look like Jesus’ life.
The last thing Jesus said before ascending to be with the Father was this: live on mission by making disciples everywhere you go. So where do you go? This past week we heard from some of the mothers of our church. Where they go is into workplaces across the region. But they also go into their own homes. They go into stores and parks and other places all around us. These women are making disciples and spreading the light of Jesus in all of these places. They are telling their co-workers about Jesus, but they are also telling their cashiers about Jesus, they are telling people they meet at the park about Jesus, they are telling their children about Jesus, where ever they go they are telling people about Jesus. They are living on mission. They admitted that it is not perfect, but they are living out the Great Commission. They are living on mission.
So go live on mission. Tell others that there is hope in the world because Jesus came to save us. Tell them though all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3.23) and the wages sin is death (Rom. 6.23), there is hope because the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus!! (Rom 6.23) Because God showed us how much He loves us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5.8). If we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead we will be saved (Rom. 10.9-10). Tell them what it means to live as Jesus lived and help them to live like that. This is living on mission.
About the Author: Ted is a father of six, our families pastor at AntiochA2, and helps lead our prayer ministry. He loves Jesus, being a husband, being a father, and loving people. Ted enjoys hanging out with his sons and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. Ted has a desire to see families wholly following Jesus with passion and being transformed by His love. Ted believes that as we make disciples of Jesus who truly understand their new identity in Him, the world can’t help but be dramatically changed by the local church.